Re: RARA-AVIS: The Great Wrong Place

From: Sharon Villines (
Date: 10 Feb 2000

> I could be mistaken, but didn't Auden apply this expression to
> Chandler in his essay?

Yes, Auden was the person. Cozies are set in England, the Great Right Place and HB in the Great Wrong Place--wherever that is. City, small desert town, etc. Think of it as the moment in the opening scene of any book or film where you realize this is a dangerous or at least suspicious place.


Sharon Villines, Butler
The MacGuffin Guide to Mystery Fiction

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